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From French allègre, earlier alègre, from Latin alacer.


aleger (comparative more aleger, superlative most aleger)

  1. (obsolete) gay; cheerful; sprightly
    • 1627, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum:
      Certainly this berry coffa, the root and leaf betel, the leaf tobacco, and the tear of poppy (opium), of which the Turks are great takers (supposing it expelleth all fear), do all condense the spirits, and make them strong and aleger.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for aleger in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)